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News archive 2021

Business School news stories from 2021.


First degree apprentices graduate from the University of Exeter

The first degree apprentices have graduated from the University of Exeter.

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Solicitors Regulation Authority asks University of Exeter to research examination attainment gap

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has commissioned the University of Exeter’s Schools of Law and Business to look at what causes different levels of attainment for ethnic groups in professional assessments.

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Exeter graduates drive UK green revolution with launch of first student car-pooling platform

Two Exeter graduates are on the road to becoming successful entrepreneurs after launching a ride-sharing app exclusively for students that gives them a cheaper – and greener – way of travelling home for Christmas.

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New Degree Apprentice programme for HR professionals puts people centre stage

A new degree apprenticeship programme for managers working in HR has been launched by the University of Exeter Business School.

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Exeter student aims to combat world hunger with ‘nutritionally complete’ and sustainable food bar

An Economics student is juggling his studies with plans to tackle world hunger by developing a ‘nutritionally complete’ food bar, which has already proved a hit with Exeter’s homelessness charities.

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University of Exeter Business School claims 72nd spot in Financial Times ‘ranking of rankings’

The University of Exeter Business School has come 72nd in an influential Financial Times rankings of the best European business schools.

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Business School to hold conference with IMF on tax responses to COVID-19

How COVID-19 has impacted on tax policy across the world will be the focus of a two-day virtual conference this week.

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Exeter researchers give COP26 verdict

University of Exeter researchers have given their views on the COP26 climate change conference.

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The Exeter MBA secures UK top 4 in ‘better world’ sustainability ranking

The University of Exeter Business School’s internationally accredited MBA programme has been named fourth best in the UK in the Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Rankings 2021.

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Going to sleep at 10pm linked to lowered risk of heart disease

A new study has revealed the optimum time for going to sleep to avoid developing heart disease.

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Greenland iceberg delivered to COP26 summit alongside ‘ice-cold bottled warning’ to world leaders

An iceberg has been delivered to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, in a powerful statement to world leaders of the scale of the climate crisis and a visible reminder of what Arctic warming means for the planet.

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Depression and anxiety rife among doctors during first and second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

High levels of anxiety and depression among medical doctors have been recorded in a new cross-country study that finds Italian doctors most likely to have experienced mental health symptoms during the pandemic. 

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Billie Eilish, Rainn Wilson and Robert Irwin join Arctic Basecamp and University of Exeter to share an urgent message with world leaders ahead of COP26

Ahead of COP26, Billie Eilish, Rainn Wilson and a whole host of famous faces have joined forces with Arctic Basecamp and the University of Exeter to share urgent messages on climate change.

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Greenhouse gas removal project to take centre stage at Exeter COP event

A unique project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will take centre stage at the University of Exeter Business School’s flagship event at COP26.

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Net zero policies are ‘emperor’s new clothes’, academics warn

Net zero targets are a “fantasy” that often just protect “business as usual”, a leading expert in environment and sustainability has said. 

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Exeter breaks into world top 150 for Business and Economics

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the world for Business and Economics in an influential rankings.

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Festival of Compassion announced with aim of ‘making people feel better’

How can we make sure compassion is embedded in our lives, institutions and communities? In a week-long festival run by the University of Exeter this November, renowned experts will address this very question.

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‘Nurse Champi’ wins national BAME Apprenticeship Award

A student on the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship programme is celebrating after winning an award at the BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

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Inspirational University of Exeter student nominated for Pride of Britain Award

An inspirational University of Exeter student has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award after going on an epic “Tour de Full English” bike ride around the country in memory of his parents.

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New cohort of Exeter academics secure prestigious Alan Turing Institute Fellowships

The next generation of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) experts from the University of Exeter have secured prestigious fellowships from The Alan Turing Institute, it has been announced.

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Hospitals in Cornwall committed to cutting plastic use – but ‘closing the loop’ essential, say researchers

Cornwall's hospitals are redoubling their efforts to use less single-use plastics despite the huge demand for PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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David Olusoga joins ‘incredible’ Black History Month programme at the University of Exeter Business School

What it means to be Black and British will be the focus of a wide-ranging talk by the historian and broadcaster Professor David Olusoga OBE to mark the start of Black History Month at the University of Exeter Business School next month.

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Business School secures top 100 place in Financial Times Masters in Management 2021 rankings

The University of Exeter Business School’s MSc Management programme has secured a place in the in the Financial Times’ Masters in Management 2021 rankings.

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‘Leading Edge’ speaker series returns with Mary Portas and John Amaechi part of stellar line up

The University of Exeter Business School’s MBA community is set to continue its successful speaker series after announcing its exciting autumn line up.

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Business School academic shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year at THE Awards

A University of Exeter Business School professor is in the running for a prestigious THE Award after being shortlisted for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year.

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University of Exeter Business School makes progress in QS rankings

The University of Exeter Business School has enhanced the reputation of its Masters programmes with a strong showing in the 2022 QS Masters in Management, Masters in Finance and Global MBA rankings. 

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University of Exeter Business School receives gender equality award

The University of Exeter Business School’s commitment to improving gender equality has been recognised with an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

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University of Exeter Professor appointed to Scottish First Minister’s environmental council

Professor Ian Bateman has been named as part of Nicola Sturgeon’s new group to advise Scottish Government on environmental crises.

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Olympic sports making slow progress on environmental sustainability, study finds

Most International Federations in this summer’s Olympics are taking minimal if any action at all on climate and the environment, a new study has found.

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Exeter hails its student and graduate ‘entrepreneurs of tomorrow’ in startup awards

An innovative surf-hire firm and a social enterprise that helps disadvantaged women in Kenya start their own businesses were among the winners at this month’s Student Startups End-of-Year Awards Ceremony. 

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Deforestation only ‘displaced’ under community monitoring schemes

Community-led monitoring of deforestation might not reduce forest use overall, but merely displace it to unmonitored areas, a new study finds.

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Climate change event: Environment Secretary pledges push for green finance at COP26

Mobilising green finance will be a government priority for COP26 and will take the fight against climate change “to the next level”, according to Environment Secretary George Eustice. 

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Exeter graduates ‘on a roll’ to save planet with launch of carbon-negative toilet paper startup

Two Exeter graduates have launched a startup producing the world's first and only carbon-negative toilet roll.

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Full lockdowns ‘may be unnecessary’ as study finds voluntary actions played vital role in cutting COVID deaths

Voluntary curbs on movement and travel before governments first imposed national lockdowns helped cut Covid death rates almost as effectively as the lockdown measures themselves, according to a new study.

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Exeter’s ‘brave, charismatic and passionate’ apprentices shortlisted for national BAME Apprenticeship award

Two inspirational individuals on Degree Apprenticeship programmes at the University of Exeter have been shortlisted for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

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University of Exeter Business School shortlisted for CMI Higher Education Partner of the Year award

The University of Exeter Business School is among the finalists for the Chartered Management Institute's prestigious HE Partner of the Year award 2021.

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Major new research project aims to address social mobility issues blighting young lives in the South West

A major new research project will seek to highlight and address the social mobility issues blighting young lives in the South West.

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Calling local business owners! University of Exeter Business School offers free support through Peer Networks programme

The University of Exeter Business School is looking to recruit local businesses for the Peer Networks programme.

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‘Algorithms 22% more accurate at predicting welfare dependency’

Artificial intelligence is a fifth more accurate at predicting whether individuals are likely to become long-term recipients of benefits.

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University of Exeter Business School is UK’s most improved in FT Master’s in Finance rankings

The University of Exeter Business School has made great progress in the Financial Times 2021 Master’s in Finance rankings, jumping eight places to break into the UK’s top 10 Business Schools.

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University of Exeter plays a leading role in latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

Action to improve the nation’s resilience is failing to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet and increasing climate risks facing the UK.

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Exeter leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Two prominent members of the University of Exeter’s community of experts have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced on Saturday. 

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UK climate champion appointed Honorary Professor at University of Exeter Business School

The UK’s High-level Climate Champion for COP26, Nigel Topping, has received an Honorary Professorship from the University of Exeter Business School.

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UK needs to go ‘full circle’ to reach Net Zero, says Dame Ellen MacArthur at circular economy programme launch

A fundamental shift in how we use resources is the future of business and crucial to reaching Net Zero by 2050, but will require collaboration on a vast scale, according to Dame Ellen MacArthur.

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Exeter achieves global top 150 status in influential rankings

The University of Exeter has broken into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.  

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Tool developed to measure carbon footprint of a Cornish pasty

Nothing says Cornwall more than a Cornish pasty, but have you ever considered the environmental impact it is having?

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Twitter experiment finds correcting misinformation makes problem worse

Correcting misinformation on Twitter may only make the problem worse, according to a new study.

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International experts provide roadmap to Net Zero ahead of G7 and COP26 summits

A major new report on climate change that draws on the expertise of a leading University of Exeter Business School academic aims to transform the pledges of countries to reach Net Zero into “concrete action plans”.

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Choir recitals to make virtual return to Exeter Cathedral in cross-Channel collaboration

Virtual reality devices at heritage sites in France and the UK have been adapted so tourists can ‘visit’ an attraction in lockdown – and in the case of Exeter Cathedral even listen to the choir sing.

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Exeter’s NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War.

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Landmark circular economy programme to start UK ‘resources revolution’

A ‘resources revolution’ for the UK will get underway next week with the launch of the UK’s largest circular economy research programme to date.

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Few realistic scenarios left to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Of the over 400 climate scenarios assessed in the 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only about 50 scenarios avoid significantly overshooting 1.5°C.

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Exeter student wins Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year Award

A student from the University of Exeter Business School has been named Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year 2021.

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University of Exeter Business School’s Professor Ian Bateman elected to US National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Exeter's Professor Ian Bateman a life-time International Member for his distinguished achievements in original research.

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Business School student named finalist for Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year 2021

A Business School student is in the running to be named Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year 2021 after being shortlisted for the award.

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‘Ecosystem measure’ designed to address shortcomings of GDP approved by United Nations

A new way of measuring economic growth that reveals the enormous value of the natural world has been officially approved by the United Nations.

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Earth Day event to explore how finance sector can help save the planet

University of Exeter academics and business leaders will explore how the finance sector can save the planet in a special documentary screening and panel event for Earth Day on 22 April.

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Exeter professor awarded Google scholarship for research into misinformation on social media

A research proposal from a University of Exeter Business School professor that aims to stem the tide of misinformation on social media has been awarded $60,000 by Google.

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Political beliefs shape whether we notice social inequality, study finds

Those on the left of the political spectrum in the UK and US are more likely to notice social inequality, but only when it affects typically disadvantaged groups.

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Mental health of police officers improved thanks to surfing programme’s ‘unique approach’

Surfing helps improve police officers’ wellbeing and mental health, according to research from the University of Exeter Business School.

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Food safety could be transformed by sharing commercially sensitive information in ‘data trust framework’

Tracing contaminated food, incorrect labelling and food fraud are among the problems that could be tackled by 'data trust framework' technology, according to a new report.

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Take care when measuring biodiversity or risk ‘misguiding policy’, experts warn

Greater care needs to be taken when measuring the success of public spending on biodiversity to avoid ‘misguiding policy and spending’, leading researchers have warned.

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Infant mortality rate higher among pregnant women exposed to natural disasters

The babies of young mothers exposed to natural disasters in the womb are more likely to die or be smaller at birth, as researchers warn the climate crisis increases the likelihood of extreme weather events.

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Social media companies urged to tackle misinformation with accuracy prompts

Reminding social media users about accuracy could reduce the sharing of misinformation online, a new study finds.

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Sustainable PPE for health workers championed by Exeter professor

Sustainability experts from the University of Exeter Business School are working across the NHS in a drive to replace single-use PPE with more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

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University of Exeter Business School's pilot cohort of J.P. Morgan apprentices achieve spectacular results

The first cohort of degree apprentices studying at the University of Exeter Business School and employed by J.P. Morgan, a global leader in financial services, have achieved exceptional results in their end-point assessments.

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Business School academic to take part in Annual Science Lecture panel

Environmental economist Professor Ian Bateman OBE will be part of an expert panel discussion this week at the Natural History Museum’s Annual Science Lecture 2021.

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Cognitive impairment research project to help improve lives by increasing contact with nature

New research project ENLIVEN will help older people living with cognitive impairment – including dementia – to be more active and independent and experience a better quality of life through increasing their contact with the natural environment.

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New DIGIT Lab research centre to bring fresh insights into digital innovation in large organisations

A new digital economy research centre has been launched this month by the University of Exeter Business School and will help large established organisations embrace digital innovation and investigate “how to accelerate digital innovation to transform their operating practices and future strategies”.

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Viva la Circular Revolution! New centre for sustainable business models launched for Wales

The University of Exeter has helped to design and deliver a new circular economy innovation centre for Wales – the first business-led hub in the UK focused on sustainable ‘circular’ approaches where fewer resources are used and more waste materials reused.

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International Women's Day: Leading business women to address pandemic and ‘reset and recovery’ agenda in panel event

Five of the South West’s leading business women will discuss the impact of the pandemic and the role women can play in the region’s economic recovery in a special panel event for International Women’s Day, hosted by the University of Exeter Business School’s Centre for Leadership.

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Experts offer roadmap for Biden administration to calculate social cost of carbon in new analysis

The Biden administration should reinstate the estimated economic cost of CO2 emitted to $50 a ton, a group of leading researchers has said.

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‘Thinking style’ dictates how we use social media and our engagement with fake news, study finds

Our thinking style can have a huge impact on the way we use social media, including on whether we engage with ‘fake news’, a new study has shown.

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Study proves strong link between political bias and social tie formation on Twitter

Twitter users are three times more likely to follow back the accounts of strangers if they share the same political views, according to a new study that sheds light on the phenomenon of ‘echo chambers’ on social media.

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DIGIT Lab announced to help businesses close ‘digital transformation gap’

Large organisations will be helped to adapt to the digital transformation of society as part of a new research initiative, led by the University of Exeter Business School.

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Social distancing over 50% more likely among highest earners, study finds

The highest earners in the US are much more likely to engage in social distancing, mask wearing, hand-washing and other protective measures against COVID-19, a new study has found.

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Celebrities join Business School professor in virtual call to address Arctic change during ‘digital Davos’

Adventurer Bear Grylls, musician Billie Eilish and the actors Robert Downey Jr and Rainn Wilson will be among the famous faces demanding climate action at the Davos Agenda’s Environment Day, taking place tomorrow (27 January).

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Business School offers research-led solutions to global challenges in Exeter Expertise blog

The University of Exeter Business School has launched a new blog offering research-led practical advice and know-how that will help businesses and organisations tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

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The Exeter MBA named among world’s best in The Economist's Which MBA? rankings 2021

The University of Exeter Business School’s internationally accredited MBA programme, The Exeter MBA, has secured a coveted spot in The Economist’s Which MBA? rankings 2021.

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Exeter research receives global recognition

Research conducted by University of Exeter experts has been recognised among the most shared and discussed of 2020.

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Study pinpoints difficulties and tensions in creating ‘thought leadership’

A new study examines the risks and tensions in producing ‘thought leadership’, a concept that sees individual gurus and organisations share their expertise to intrigue, challenge and push the boundaries of knowledge – and enhance their reputations.

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National circular economy hub to lead the way in UK bid to create a sustainable future

A new research hub led by the University of Exeter will spearhead national efforts to create a sustainable, circular economy where fewer resources are used and more waste materials reused – delivering huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.

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Business School launches new Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre

The University of Exeter Business School has launched a new research centre focusing on finance and sustainability, an area experiencing huge growth within the financial sector. 

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